State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.
A private property smoking ban would trample the property rights of individuals participating in a legal activity. Government should not dictate to a private property owner that the owner prohibit a legal activity in his/her establishment.
In a free economy, the fairest approach is to let the market decide whether a businesses should be smoke-free. If consumers truly want a completely smoke-free society, businesses that allow smoking would simply disappear.
As a state senator elected to represent my constituents in overseeing the operation of state government buildings, I vote and have voted to prohibit smoking in state government buildings.
My vote is no on a statewide smoking ban on private property.